There are said to be five love languages - five different ways to express and receive love: words of affirmation, quality time, gifts, acts of service, and physical contact. But I’m signing a petition to add the sixth this Valentine’s Day – food! And why shouldn’t it be considered an act of love? The best conversations are had and memories created over dinner. In some cases, proposals too. And for many, food is just as orgasmic as sex! So we don’t blame Abraham Maslow for placing the two at the top of his hierarchy of needs. Delicious and healthy food is the key to everyone’s heart. Whether you’re planning an alfresco dinner party or celebrating alone, fall in love with food this Valentine’s Day. Ahead, we give you a list of restaurants and cafes where you can go or place an order to celebrate love!
1. Zenmai, West Santacruz (Mumbai)
Mock Meat Dumplings, Shanghai Lotus Root, Chilli Tempura Sushi – did the mere sound of these dishes give you foodgasm? Then you will love this pan-Asian restaurant, which offers a romantic dining experience not only with its food but also with its elegant interiors.
Price: INR 3,500
2. The Sassy Spoon, Powai and Nariman Point (Mumbai)
The resto-bar plays cupid in this season of love with its limited-edition Valentine’s Day-themed cocktail menu, Lovetails. So toast your loved one with a glass of Love Potion #9 (a strawberry and dark chocolate martini), or spice things up with Spicy Sweetheart (a tempting strawberry and black pepper martini) or get drunk you (of love) with Cupid’s Arrow (a rosemary peach bellini).
Price: INR 450 plus tax
3. Harajuku Cafe (Gurugram and New Delhi)
The Japanese-themed cafe has made its pun with a menu featuring names that can definitely be used as pick-up lines to impress your Valentine. Maybe you can say “We’re Bento Be” and present delicious ramen in bento boxes or say “I Love You So Matcha” to them and gorge on matcha meals together! You can end your date on a sweet note by saying “I can’t hide my eyes from you” and indulge in Jiggly Japanese Pancakes, one of the signature desserts here.
Price for two: INR 1,000 approx.
4. Yauatcha, BKC (Bombay)
Of course, sex is fun. But have you tried Yauatcha meals? Their authentic Cantonese food is way better and super satisfying! And this V-Day, you and your girlfriends can enjoy the restaurant’s special All Things Love menu. Choose from exquisite dumplings, stir-fries, and signature Mongolian chicken. Don’t forget to indulge in the tempting desserts–Heart-shaped macaroons with flavors of yuzu, strawberry, raspberry, hazelnut praline and more. On top of that, the chefs at Yauatcha have concocted a decadent dessert with pink grapefruit marquise for a sinful yet memorable meal with your loved one.
Available February 11-28
Price: INR 650-1,650 plus tax
5. Hopshaus, Indiranagar and Whitefield (Bengaluru)
Trust us, the only love bites you’ll want are grilled shrimp with chili and cilantro served with a delicious Beurre Rouge, or herb and citrus chicken skewers served with a cream of cherry tomatoes full of flavor. Or even strawberry creme brulee, okay, maybe more than one bite of love is okay. Head to Hopshaus for this romantic menu!
Price: INR 345 + tax
6. Silly, Bandra (Bombay)
Who said you can’t celebrate Valentine’s Day alone? The greatest love of your life should be yourself! To emphasize this idea this Valentine’s week, Silly does a self-love campaign called #LoveYourSillySelf which hopes to help individuals recognize their love for themselves. The restaurant has planned a fun activity called Let Go, where you can get things out of your system by writing down your thoughts on a piece of paper and then shredding them in the shredder to let it all go! Maybe you can even sing the number like Elsa. You don’t need another person to make you happy – all you need is yourself… and food – that’s why Silly also organizes candlelight dinners on request as well as a wine and cheese tasting on February 15, in addition to other engaging activities.
7. Mamagoto, Saket (New Delhi)
Have you planned a Galentine evening with your squad? It’s time to relax and sip the cocktails specially selected by Mamagoto for Valentine’s Day. There is a drink for everyone. For lovers of darker spirits, there’s Port City, a bourbon infused with fresh ginger and spices to create a truly comforting cocktail. The Maple Sour is a classic whiskey sour made with bourbon and maple syrup. End the evening with The Parlor, a delicious plum-infused gin, accompanied by passion fruit and star anise.
Available at multiple outlets in New Delhi from February 7-28
Price for a cocktail: INR 499
8. Plush, Bandra West (Mumbai)
You don’t have time for a long romantic evening. Instead, go for a quick trip to this cafe and enjoy a hearty meal. Choose from pink lattes, heart-shaped pizzas, red velvet freak shakes, red salad, among others!
Price for two: INR 1000-1500
9. Chowman, Bangalore
Nothing can get dirtier than cheap Chinese food. It’s satisfying in every way – it’s comforting, delicious, and won’t burn a hole in your pocket. Isn’t that what you and your partner want? So go ahead and OD on Chowman’s lip-smacking food. There is a set menu for vegetarians and non-vegetarians with dishes such as Shanghai noodles/rice, chicken kung-pao, etc.
Price for two: INR 699 (for veg) and INR 899 (for non-veg)
10. Magna Cafe (Mumbai)
Book a private dining room for two in the royal victorias of this newly opened cafe – a private restaurant sacgi that will make a dream love nest. You can also choose to sit in the dome area, making it the perfect setting for dates or romantic proposals. Now that we’ve got you imagining the vibes, let’s talk about food! Magna Cafe prepares a sumptuous array of mouth-watering dishes across Asian, Mediterranean, Continental and Indian fusion cuisine paired with handcrafted cocktails.
11. Brewdog Midtown Mumbai
If your four-legged friend is your valentine, then this is the perfect place for you to spend your day together. All you have to do is buy a Pint of Punk IPA (500ml) and your pup is in for a treat! Make this day of love memorable, because what could be better than a belly full of beer for you and belly massages for your puppies?
Reservation to be made on February 14 between 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.
Contact details: 80974 46944
If you’re still not too comfortable going out, simply create a romantic and sophisticated dining experience indoors with the help of Quickish. The delivery service sends easy-to-cook kits so you can prepare a gourmet meal from the comfort of your own home. Choose from 6 limited edition meal kits that include a mix of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options in Indian and global cuisines. With the addition of scented candles, candy, and a cinnamon sangria mix, Quikish guarantees you won’t even miss the outdoor scene.
Delivery to multiple outlets in India
Oh, how about a Valentine’s Day gift for her? Check out our gift guide!